The monthly report of the Brazilian Association of Maritime Support Companies (Abeam) highlighted that, at the end of May, the fleet consisted of 376 vessels, 339 of which were under the Brazilian flag and 37 under other flags. The maritime support fleet in Brazilian waters remains stable in the first half of 2021, with 90% of national flags and 10% of foreign flags. Compared to December 2015, when demand began to be impacted by the downturn in the oil and gas sector, 168 foreign-flagged vessels were demobilized and 87 Brazilian-flagged were added. The association estimates around 48 vessels, originally foreign-flagged, that had their flags changed to the Brazilian flag during this period.
Not all units are in operation, as the report includes vessels that may or may not be supported by contracts, be on the spot market, under maintenance or out of operation. The data were obtained from the National Agency for Waterway Transport (Antaq), the Directorate of Ports and Coasts of the Navy (DPC), specialized publications and company information. The report does not consider boats of the type boats, research, or vessels with a size of less than 100 TPB or BHP of less than 1,000.
According to the publication, the fleet in May was composed of 47% of PSVs (transport of supplies) and OSRVs (fighting oil spills), totaling 177 boats. Another 19% were LH (handling of lines and moorings) and SVs (mini suppliers), which correspond to 70 boats. AHTS (anchor handling) totaled 43 units in the period, while 22 support boats were FSVs (fast cargo suppliers) and crew boats (crew transport), 17 RSVs (vessels equipped with ROVs) and 16 PLSVs (launching lines ).
In May, the shipping company with the most vessels, in operation or awaiting hiring, was Bram Offshore/Alfanave (Edison Chouest), with 53 units (only one foreign), followed by CBO, which totaled 34 support vessels (32 with the Brazilian flag) and by Starnav, with 31 national flag boats.
According to the report, 25 vessels were part of the Oceanpact fleet, of which 23 were under Brazilian flag and two were foreign. Wilson Sons Ultratug, with 23 Brazilian-flagged vessels, and DOF/Norskan, with 21 support vessels (16 Brazilian and five foreign), appear next. Tranship, in turn, had 21 units in its fleet in this period, all under the Brazilian flag.